Tag Archives: Apulia

2013 Summer Holidays – Intro


To my neverending delight, I had managed to persuade the family that we should be going to Southern Italian wine country for our three weeks of summer holidays in 2013. Not that they mind going to Italy – why would … Continue reading

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The End of the World and the Day After – Apulian beer


I know, I am going out on a limb somewhat here. This is, after all, a wine blog. But I just had to write a piece on this. It is like this: My good friends Manila Benedetto and Giuseppe Barretta, … Continue reading

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Gianfranco Fino does it again!


Many of you will know that last year Gianfranco Fino accomplished the unthinkable. His Primitivo di Manduria Es 2009 was ranked joint number 1 – with Sassicaia 2009 – in Italy in a survey of all 2012 Italian wine guides … Continue reading

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Interviewed – James the Wine Guy


It has been too long since I last posted on this blog, and you are going to have to wait a bit yet. I fell with my bicycle last week and suffered a concussion. I don’t yet feel fully up … Continue reading

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Radici del Sud 2012 – Tasting Notes – Pietraventosa


As stated previously, the Gioia del Colle zone of Apulia is enjoying a strong revival with its primitivo wines, which up until fairly recently had taken a decidedly second-rank position relative to the primitivos from the Manduria zone. Compared to … Continue reading

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Best Italian Wine Awards


Go check out this site: http://www.biwawards.it/site/ This is a new competition to annually decide which currently available wines are Italy’s 50 best. That must be an incredibly difficult task, and perhaps in reality may not make too much sense vis-à-vis … Continue reading

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Sentimental Fool


I have a confession to make: I am a sentimental fool. I mostly think of myself as a very unromantic, straightforward, no-bullshit person, with few illusions about myself or the world. But this is quite likely a total illusion, for … Continue reading

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